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Lunch Club 1st Nov’s venue was The Fox & Hounds, Blidworth Bottoms Dec 6th Christmas Lunch. The Greyhound at Higham. ---You should have already booked and paid a deposit for this event. Meet 12.00 noon for 12.30.

Singing for fun summer and autumn - meeting at Maxine’s home at 2.00pm next rehearsal is December 11th. - There will be another rehearsal, Tues 18th December1.30pm

AUCTION SALES – Antiques & Collectables group We visited Bamford's sale at Matlock and can report back to you. We enjoyed our visit but wished we had gone earlier to be nearer the front and maybe even acquire a seat. Also, it is an advantage to view the items - close up - in case you feel like bidding. To do this, you have to go on 'viewing ' day prior to the sale or arrive early at a specified 'viewing' time on the day. However, we have now heard that Bamfords are not using this sales room again and are currently looking for new premises! So the alternative is Derby and the next one is listed for the 5th December. The address is:- The Derby Auction House, Chequers Road, Off Pentagon Island, Derby DE21 6EN. Viewing time on the day is from 9am and the Auction Commences at 10.30am. A NIGHT TO LOOK FORWARD TO. --We will be having a “U3A Antiques Road Show” next year – watch this space.

Crafty-Christmas CelebrationSoup and roll, home-made Mince pies Water will be provided, bring you own drinks and glasses if you wish. Please supply your own soup-bowl, spoon and plate to save us having to wash-up! Entertainment by the Am-Dram and singing for fun groups. There will be a sale of crafts created by our members, proceeds to Air Ambulance Tickets will be now on sale– for a token £1.00 per person NEW YEAR’S EVE - at Rainworth Village Hall with the Storm-Beats as it was last time. This event now booked please mark it in your diaries 31.12.12 Tickets now on sale at £11.00 pp. -- Bargain of the year for a New-Years-Eve celebration with a live band, bar and all the fun you could have. TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR THIS WONDERFUL EVENT. *** Do you know of anyone in Ashfield U3A who is very poorly or has just lost a loved one? We would like to send out a card on behalf of the Ashfield U3A. Please contact Maxine Rose on 01623 459081. or send an email to maxineadams55@hotmail.com

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Website: www.ashfieldu3a.org.uk 22nd November, 2012 Your speaker today is Roger Purseglove & his subject is “A Step in the Dark” LAST CHANCE TO BUY YOUR TICKET FOR THE CHRISTMAS CRAFTY LUNCH. Tickets now on sale for a token £1.00pp. Please note: Members only and admission is by ticket only, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PAY ON THE DOOR. Soup and a roll, plus home-made mince pies. Bring your own wine/beer etc., if you want anything other than water to drink, also bring your own glass, soup bowl, plate and spoon, as we will not be providing them, and to save the committee much work. There will be a sale of work, proceeds to Air Ambulance. Entertainment by our Am-Dram group and also by the Singing for Fun group, who will also lead the Carol singing

New Years Eve tickets now on sale and next month, £11.00pp. Rainworth Village Hall You can bring along your family and friends to this open event. Those who came last year will know what a fantastic evening it is. The Stormbeats will entertain for dancing and sing-a-long or just sitting and enjoying the excellent music. See Jill for tickets – put your name on the table plan, and bring along food to share with your friends at the table. If you have put your name down, and not yet paid, please see Jill and pay today. Please don’t bring any alcohol as the venue does not allow it and a Bar is available for drinks, tea/coffee etc. 8.00pm – approx. 12.30 1


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Ashfield U3A For Group Leaders’ phone numbers, see pages 8-9 of the Newsletter

Any changes/additions to your group’s programme should be given to both Ron Britton for the web-site and also to Jill Pullan for the newsletter, no later that the Sunday before the main meeting. Please inform the editor, Jill Pullan 01623 400545 of any changes to your normal programme in the near future. This will be of great help to members of your various groups – this includes changes of content and venues Interest Group Meetings:- If you wish to join any interest group, please telephone the group leader first to ensure there is a vacancy in that group. All relevant details can be obtained from the group leader, including where the walking group intend to meet and which walk they will do, or which book the reading group is reading, which garden the horticulture group is visiting etc. Group leaders’ names and contact details are on pages 8-9 of the newsletter, and also on the web-site.

BIRDWATCHING, Bird Watching will be taking a break for December and January due to the festive season , We will be back in February with a visit to Teversal Visitor centre meeting at 10.00 on the 12th , names to Mary please Mary 01773 776386 We went to Attenborough Nature Reserve , I was promptly targeted by a big bird, I believe it was a seagull, - it was in my hair, jumper, coat and bag much to the hilarity of my fellow 'twitchers' . We saw many birds, about 100 I would think, roughly 50 ducks, 30 Canada geese , 2 Coal tits 1 blue tit and countless seagulls The hides were quite warm ( oh and we did see 3 big birds coming in from Spain , namely 747s migrating to East midlands Airport, a lot of laughter followed by a delicious lunch. Everyone enjoyed themselves, one person said she found it 'entertaining', - Oh and thanks to David for naming the birds I didn't know ! If you just want a good couple of hours out with a novice 'twitcher', together with a good lunch, either ring me or see me at the meeting . Mary: 01773 776386 ROCK GROUP !st December = Foreigner , songs such as : “I want to know what love is” £ 8.00 21st December = Thin Lizzy , -- BRILLIANT £12.00 24th December = The Stones , -=- again BRILLIANT £ 7.50 19th January is a treat for all QUEEN fans Mercury £12.00 ( I saw this group at the Festival Hall and they were superb) see Mary for details 01773 776386 No Refunds Policy Your committee have reluctantly decided that when tickets are ordered they must be paid for, unless advised differently, and if you find you cannot attend the event you have bought the ticket for, it is up to you to sell that ticket on, and no refund will be given by U3A, unless there is a waiting list in operation. This is because some events have run at a loss due to people suddenly cancelling and expecting their money to be refunded. After all, if you book seats at the theatre, or a bus trip and found you couldn’t attend, you would lose your money, and, regrettably, we must have a similar policy.

Day M O N D A Y T U E S D A Y W E D N E S D A Y

T H U R S D A Y

Zumba gold

10.00

Class. Music 2 14.00 Bridge

2nd in the month

Horticulture .2

10.00

Horticulture 1

Zumba Gold

10.00

Zumba Gold

10.00

(suspended)

Current affairs

13.30

Book Gr. B

13.30

Zumba Gold

French

13.30

Bridge

18.30

Late Breakfast

Walking gr. A

09.00

Mansfield U3A

10.00

Walking Gr. A 09.00

18.30

Digital photo + Digital image (suspended)

4th in the month

10.00

10.00

French

13.30

Gardening Group 14.00 Sing for fun

Cinema gr’p

14.15

Tai Chi

14.00

International Dining –

13.30

venues and times vary Sugarcraft

10.00

Cook group

12.00

Book Gr. A

10.00

Threads & Textiles 10.00

Strollers gr. C

10.15

Easy Wheelers – venues

Easy Wheelers Easy Wheelers

Hucknall U3A

and times vary 14.00

Croquet

Wine Appreciate 19.30 Shakespeare 13.30

Creative Writing

Move to music 10.00

Family History

13.00

Walking gr. B

09.45

Lunch Club

Scrabble

14.00

Line Dancing

10.00

Woodcarving

18.00 Woodcarving

18.00

12.00

Woodcarving 18.00 Play reading

10.00

S A T

Weekenders* *See page 2 Rock Concerts Board Games 19.00

Weekenders* *See page 2 Rock Concerts

* Weekenders Lunch *See newsletter

*Weekenders Lunch *See newsletter

Class music 1 14.00

Easy Wheelers

Jazz (suspended)

Late brkfast – 9.30

S U

3rd in the month

Card Craft

F R I D A Y

N

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1st in the month Plat. Invest Gr 10.30

10.30

Ash Meeting 10.00

Woodcarving 18.00

Committee Meet 10.00

**Craft Currently suspended ** (always the Friday after the main meeting**)

Weekenders* *See page 2 Rock Concerts Canasta

Weekenders* *See page 2 Rock Concerts

(alternate months)

19.00

*Weekenders Lunch *See newsletter

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*Weekenders Lunch *See newsletter


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Ashfield U3A ASHFIELD U3A HOLIDAYS 2013

SPRINGTIME IN AMSTERDAM 2013

THEATRE VISITS WITH BARBARA IVES

22nd to 17th March

Day flight from Birmingham airport with local pick ups. 5 nights B&B at the very comfortable 3* Best Western Leidse Square hotel in central Amsterdam. All room s with tea & coffee making facilities, TV and hair-drier. Stroll along picturesque canals, take in a late night show or canal cruise, visit Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank’s House, and the Van Gogh museum . Optional trip to the world famous Flower Festival at Keukengoof with opportunity to purchase unusual plants and bulbs, other options include – a windmill tour and some coastal villages. 2 twins and 1 single room available

£470.00 - Twin: £570 - Single Room

SEVILLE SPAIN 9th to 14th May 2013

Thur

10.12.12 24.01.13 14.02.13 29th Nov 2.00pm

Thur

20th Dec

Thurs Thurs

10TH JANUARY – Different religions and their effect on Family history 14th FEBRUARY – Please bring material for Interest group display at the February main meeting 14th MARCH – Newspapers:

10.01.13

Cinderella

£20

31.01.13 14.00

Theatre Royal

One Man Two Guvnors

£20

Sat

23.02.13 14.30

Theatre Royal

Swan Lake, Moscow city ballet £23

Fri

15.03.13 17.00

Theatre Royal

Dirty Dancing

Thurs

04.04.13 14.00

Theatre Royal

Wed

24.04.13 14.00

Theatre Royal

Matthew Bourne’s Ballet Sleeping Beauty £28.00 Midnight Tango: with Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace from Strictly Come Dancing £25

Contact Barbara by e-mail

Top-Hat with Tom Chambers

£39.50

ives.barbara@gmail.com

Live at Lunch FREE concerts all start at 1pm ODD SOCKS Odd Socks theatre company are producing “Robin Hood” at the Thoresby Riding Stables Theatre; Dec. 6th, 7th, 8th (matinee on 8th) If you have never seen the Odd Socks troupe you have missed a treat. They are hilarious! Book 01623 822009, www.thoresbycourtyard.com

11th APRIL – Epidemics & Diseases

We welcome new members; we meet on the second Thursday of each month in the upstairs room at Kirkby library at 1pm – 3pm. We pay as required for the hire of the room, usually about £5 per “term”.

Live at Lunch Festive Choral Music - New Orleans Piano - Viola & Piano Recital - all free 42nd Street

London Theatre visit with Weekenders Theatre Royal, Nottm

5 nights B&B at the highly rated Vime Corrigdor hotel in central Seville. This is a fantastic city vacation and if you have never visited Seville before, you are in for a real treat! Stunning gothic architecture, museums and galleries, tapas and flamenco all to experience. May is the perfect month to see this fabulous city in which to find legacies from the Romans, Moors, Jews and Arabian invaders. An early morning flight from Gatwick. Only 1 single and 1 twin room left. ASHFIELD U3A FAMILY HISTORY - SPRING PROGRAMME 2013

Theatre Royal 13.00 lunch time concerts, free to attend. Theatre Royal

BRIDGE DATES UNTIL CHRISTMAS 26th November: 10th December, at West Notts College, Derby Rd., Mansfield

STROLLERS Please contact Trish Tootell 01623 793447

Please send any articles for the Newsletter to the editor., I welcome any contributions. Email to jill.pullan@ntlworld.com or phone:- 01623 400545

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12 Dec

Harlow Wood

Coffee Shop car park, Portland College, A60

The Strollers programme for next year is still being prepared, but I have already announced that the group will be having a Winter Break in January 2013 when there will not be a walk. (Normal service will be resumed in February). Alan Radford 3


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Walking Group B .., contact David Wilson

Art Group.

Meeting at 9.50 for a 10am start on the 3rd Thursday of the month and always weather permitting If not sure ring Jim on 01623 402 222 Mobile 07976 358 230

Jim will continue to do the administration for this group, and is still leading some walks. We are looking for someone who is willing to lead the walks until Jim has his knee sorted, and will once again be the walk-leader.. Please contact David Wilson if you can fill this role. See page 5 for more information on this group Interest Group Meetings If you wish to join any interest group, please telephone the group leader first to ensure there is a vacancy in that group. All relevant details can be obtained from the group leader, including where the walking group intend to meet and which walk they will do, or which book the reading group is reading, which garden the horticulture group is visiting etc. Group leaders’ names and contact details are on pages 8-9 of the newsletter, and also on the web-site. MEMBERSHIP FEES:- . Full membership is £16.00 for the year Associate membership, for members who pay their Capitation fee to another U3A -£12.50 Postal Membership £11.00. Associate Postal Membership £7.50. The capitation fee was raised from £2.50 to £3.50 two years ago, but we didn’t pass this onto our members, but now feel we must increase the fees by £1.00. This is still cheaper than it was 3 years ago.

There has been renewed interest in having an Art Group., and we have started up again, having had one meeting already. If you are interested in joining us, would you please contact me preferably by email landbjackson@gmail.com or otherwise on 750466 . I am hoping that we can meet for 3 hours and spend 2 or 3 months on a particular topic. Initially we will use water-colour; I have some materials which can be used by those who are new to painting. I intend that we will also do some still life drawing and pastels and hopefully perhaps have a go at oils. I would very much welcome an input from others in the group from time to time. We will pay £10 each up front to cover room rental (Ashwood Centre) for as long as it lasts. Barrie Jackson

Line Dancing Message to members Numbers have gradually fallen since the group began so enthusiastically and only 7 came to the class in September. We need at least 16 in regular attendance to cover costs. For various reasons classes are suspended during November and December, therefore the next session will be on 17 January 2013. If insufficient numbers are present on this date we will have to consider closing the group.

The next session of Line Dancing will be on Thursday 17th January at St Wilfrid's Church Hall, Kirkby-in-Ashfield starting at 10am There's room for you if you haven't tried it yet

Please note that whichever membership you choose, you will have full membership of Ashfield U3A Ravenshead G & S Group This year we are presenting HMS Pinafore with Trial By Jury, we are cruising on HMS Pinafore calling at the Village Hall Ravenshead each evening between Monday 18th and Saturday 23rd February 2013. We are aiming to portray the sophistication and glamour of the 1920's the costumes are stunning. The music is again in the capable hands of Lynda Harvey and the Director for the second time Stephen Godward. A show not to be missed folks. For your notes

C Driscoll (co-ordinator

CLASSICAL MUSIC GROUP 1: PROGRAMME FOR 2012 The group meets on the fourth Wednesday afternoon each month (in December on the third Wednesday) from 2 pm to 4:15 pm. 28th November Your favourite music [NB: change of subject for this meeting] 19th December

Teach-in: Len Hill on Giacomo Puccini [NB: change of subject, venue and date for this meeting]

Len

23rd January 2013

Domenico Scarlatti

Joan

27th February

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Stella

27th March Richard Wagner Will you please inform the host if you cannot attend a meeting :

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Maxine

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Janet Alan Radford (01623 427934)


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Short Walks The members of the group volunteering to research and lead the walks are as follows:Sue Bloomfield February T.B.A.

January (Linby/Newstead):

Helen Rose

Margaret Crossley / Nona Sheriston (2 walks) one in March T.B.A. Paul Healey April - (Eakring)

John Ellis Sue and John Tedstone

Geoff Cree Dawes (Farnsfield)

Shirley and Mike

Group Meeting dates If your group is Card Craft, you will see from the table on page 15 that it meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at 10.00am. If you wish to join any interest group, please telephone the group leader first to ensure there is a vacancy in that group. All relevant details can be obtained from the group leader, including where the walking group intend to meet and which walk they will do, etc

Cinema Club programme

Brenda and Alan Paul

Sandra and Terry Braithwaite

Thank you to all the above for volunteering, the group can now continue Jim Bentley Short Walks Coordinator *****************************************************************************************************************

International Dining For our Alternative Christmas Event we are forgetting the turkey, we are being very British and we are having a fish and chip supper - (although chicken etc., is also available - the menu is quite comprehensive ). Date : Wednesday 28 November 2012 at 6.30 pm. Address: Fillets Fish Restaurant Sandlands Court Fulmar Close, Forest Town NG19 0GG (as you go round the traffic island near the Forest Town Asda, Fulmar Close is on the left). Parking in front of the restaurant. I have arranged for us to use the upstairs dining room. No pre-ordering. We hope you will be able to join us. If attending, could you please let me have names by Saturday 24 November. Thanks.

International Dining for 2013 Wednesday 30th January 2013 6.30pm at the Adams Restaurant, Lace Market, Nottingham (The training restaurant of New College) for their Spanish themed evening Wednesday 27th February 2013 6.30pm at Brasserie 19 (West Notts college Restaurant) for their St David’s night! (Welsh is international!!) We will have to choose and pre-order for both these - I am waiting for the menus and pre-order forms. Deposits will also have to be paid and I think the cost of the set meals will be around £15. As soon as I receive the information I will be in touch.

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November 27th, The Help. Because of another commitment on the advertised December 4th the cinema club is meeting a week earlier i.e November 27th. Please note: this group is full; There is a waiting list if you are interested Sylvia Smith CLASSICAL MUSIC 2 As we move towards the end of our first year, it’s true to say that we have enjoyed a wide range of music, by composers from all over Europe and the USA, from Bach to Bernstein, from baroque to 21st century. In September our subject was Instruments of the Orchestra, when we took the symphony orchestra apart – and put it back together again! October was Members’ Choice with a fascinating selection including film, modern British and classical numbers. In November we heard compositions from Eastern and Northern Europe, and discovered some relatively little-known works by very wellknown composers, as well as some familiar favourites. December’s subject will be Patterns in Music, when we’ll see and hear how composers such as Schubert and Mozart shaped their material. The programme for next year hasn’t yet been formulated – that will be for members of the group to decide, though I have some suggestions! What’s certain is that January will be Members’ Choice with a seasonal flavour. We meet from 2 to 4 pm on the first Monday in the month, or the second if there’s a Bank Holiday. These are our meeting dates for the first half of 2013: Jan 7th, Feb 4th, Mar 4th, Apr 8th (2nd Monday), May 6th, June 3rd. There’s plenty of room for new members in the meeting room at the Ashwood Centre so if you’re interested do get in touch or just come along at 2 pm on January 7th. Ron Walker, 01623 456389, 5

ronwalker@ntlworld.com


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Your U3A Committee

Crafty Christmas Lunch

Please consider giving any help with e.g. the Book Stall, refreshments; greeters; or making new members feel welcome. Also, please offer to help with the catering at the many events we organise. We always need a few ‘extra hands’ to help at events and meetings. Please consider helping your committee in any of the above capacities.

GROUPS SUSPENDED DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON. Below is a list of groups whose leaders have notified me they will not be meeting in December Tai Chi – Creative Writing – Line Dancing – Canasta Bird Watching -

meet again 15th January, 2.00pm Sutton Play Forum meet again 14th January meet again 13th January meet again 19th January meet again 12th February

Our Latest Interest Groups WHIST There is a Whist group running at Hucknall U3A: see Margaret Crossley if you are interested in joining this group DOMINOES – playing the game of ‘5’s and 3’s’, this is now within the Board Games group

We will be having a ‘Crafty Christmas Lunch’ on our usual meeting day in December, i.e. Thursday, 20th. The event will start at 11.30am, lunch will be from 12.30pm, followed by the entertainment, and the close will be 3.00 pm. We hope to serve vegetable soup and a roll, plus home-made mince-pies. It will be the usual arrangement, and we ask that you bring your own drink and glasses if you want other than water to drink. Please also bring a soup-bowl, spoon and plate to save washing-up. Tickets now on sale at £1.00pp Do you have craft items to sell at the Crafty Christmas Lunch? Please sign up on the list of sellers so that we know how much space is needed -- if you will need a whole table or just part of a table to display your crafts. Our aim is that you will recoup your production costs and we will make a little money for the Air Ambulance. . To help us do this will you label your products with:1: Your name

2: The cost of production

3: The selling price.

If you are happy to give the total cost to the charity - then just put on one price Please collect all unsold goods at the end of the event – we have no room in the cupboard

Volunteering Proposed Interest Groups Bowls – both Indoor and Outdoor – if you are interested, please see Lynne Jackson or Mary Naylor Art – started again See Barrie Jackson If you would like to belong to a group that isn’t offered at the moment, please see Lynne Jackson for advice

Groups Currently Suspended Horticulture group 1 – this will start again in the new year in a different format Jazz & Popular Music Group – suspended due to lack of interest and support from the members – may start again in the spring Craft Group Digital Photography and imaging - suspended due to lack of interest. This group needs a new leader/co-ordinator Please note: the above groups are no longer meeting at the moment. .6

We have heard a lot about the volunteers at the Olympics, but being active members of U3A is also about giving your knowledge and skills to benefit our members. These days our life expectancy is increasing at about 5 hours per day, I can assure you I do not feel as though I have an extra few hours a day, being on the committee and active in several groups certainly occupies my time in a most enjoyable and productive way. However, it also has been proven to improve our mental and physical health, research has now confirmed what we have long suspected, that learning new skills e.g. a language, drama, craft or an instrument actually increases the size of the cognitive brain, it keeps us alert and greatly improves our well-being. In USA & some EEC countries their governments actually fund training for volunteers, we do it for free! So let’s see some more people offering their skills to further "enhance & enrich our retirement" it will keep you and our U3A fit and healthy! Trish Tootell membership secretary WEEKENDERS Please note that as from December 2012 I shall reluctantly be standing down as Weekenders Coordinator due to other commitments. If anyone would like to continue co-ordinating this enjoyable group I will be more than happy to support and pass on information and restaurant contacts . What a shame! - ed.

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Ashfield U3A Investment Clubs A vacancy for a maximum of two people has arisen at the Platinum Investment Club. If you are interested, please contact Jill Pullan 01623 400545

AM-DRAM (PLAY READING) December The December meeting will be at the Ashwood Centre at 2pm Friday 14.12.12, for a full rehearsal for our Christmas sketch. An early warning.--.January 11th meeting will be at Jill & Malcolm's 10 am. If you do not have their details please see Jill on Dec. 14 th. January Play Reading -- ..the meeting on January 11th will be held at the home of Jill and Malcolm 10 am. Thank you to Jill and Malcolm for hosting the Group in my absence, please save me a piece of cake

Ashfield U3A ****ATTENTION**** GROUP CO-ORDINATORS / LEADERS

There will be a meeting on 18th January 2013, at 2.00pm at the Ashwood Centre Late Breakfast Group In November, we enjoyed a great Full English breakfast at the Horse & Groom, Linby. This is the fourth time we have been there, and it continues to be voted the best of all our breakfast venues. We have already booked it again for next November. During 2013, it is intended to increase the meetings to every month [at least during the winter]. Our next planned meeting is Friday 4th January, hopefully at The Ram, Redhill [although this is still to be confirmed]. Any suggestions from members for other venues would be appreciated. We now have 40 members, and numbers attending any breakfast are limited by the venue's capacity. Preference is therefore given to existing members - if necessary, in the order in which they joined the group. There is a 'reserve' list for anyone wishing to join the group, as from time to time we are able to take extra numbers. Geoff Cree, 01623 794485, geoffcree@btinternet.com

Nottinghamshire U3A lecture “ U3A – a community asset?” Tai Chi Meeting day changed. All the Tai Chi meetings will now be on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 2.00pm. No Meeting in December. Next meeting will be 15th January, 2013 at the Sutton Play Forum, on Morven Ave., Sutton. This is because the venue can no longer accommodate us on Fridays.

WOOD-CARVING David Hammond has agreed to become the Co-ordinator of the Carving Group, as Stuart is finding it difficult to attend at the moment. Phone: 01623 794392 daveh7@btinternet.com BRIDGE FOR 2013 21st January 4th February 4th March; 18th March 8th April; 22nd April 13th May 3rd June 17th June Meetings to be held at the West Notts. College unless otherwise notified Monday evenings at 6.30 to 9.00pm.

Speaker Alex McMinn, Ormskirk & District & national U3A executive member I attended this lecture a few weeks ago and thought you might like a summary of what we heard and perhaps it may give you some ideas for the future. As life expectancy increases our retirement should be enriched by improving well-being in later life. U3A has several aims which help to achieve this: Mental wellbeing, Physical function, Social connectivity and volunteering. Recent research from Bangor University has proven that learning a new instrument, skill or language reduces the onset of dementia by 5 years! Retirement can lead to: Loss of significance – loss of self-worth – loss of self-efficacy, all these can be overcome by Volunteering. The 3rd Aim of U3A is to celebrate the potential of older people, it was suggested we look locally to identify opportunities for our organisation to improve the lives of retired people, to do this we need to identify the skills and experience of members and use them creatively. Loneliness is a worse health hazard than cancer, diabetes and heart problems combined, the worse time for people is Sunday afternoons. It is suggested we contact the local Older people’s champion and organisations, perhaps the local authority, to identify people that would benefit from membership of our organisation. The Ormskirk group got funding to develop tele-links for housebound people and they run poetry groups through Skype, they have a regular column in the 50 plus magazine, they work with government departments, the department of health and local education! I am not suggesting we follow the very grand route that Ormskirk has taken, but we are struggling to find someone to lead the “Weekenders” group, could this be you? Perhaps we need to leave copies of our newsletter in the local chemist shops or Surgeries? Food for thought, let’s all benefit from U3A Volunteering and hopefully use our knowledge and skills to support local people who would also benefit from being a member of Ashfield U3A. Trish Tootell Membership secretary 7

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Ashfield U3A Interest Group Leaders. NB If you wish to join a group, please telephone the group leader beforehand, to check if there is an available place, current venue etc

You can email a group leader on ‘theirname@ashfieldu3a.org.uk

LINE DANCING LUNCHEON Group MOVEMENT TO MUSIC + YOGA

Ashfield U3A (Cynthia Driscoll)

tel: 01623 794243

(Ron & Carole Britton) tel: 01623 456855 (Pam Sapey)

tel: 01623 558700

ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES Art group BIRD WATCHING

(Kathleen Jones) (Barrie Jackson) (Mary Naylor )

tel: 01623 550740 tel :01623 750466 tel: 01773 776386

BRIDGE Group

(Maxine Rose)

tel: 01623 459081

BOARD GAMES Group

(Marian Wilson)

tel: 01623 752780

(Carole Britton)

tel: 01623 456855

PLAYREADING (AM-DRAM) (Vivian Ellis) Reading plays & performing at U3A events

tel: 01623 620743

BOOK STALL CANASTA

(Geoff Cree)

tel: 01623 794485

RAILWAY Group

(Geoff Cree)

tel: 01623 794485

CARD CRAFT

(Carole Seymour)

tel: 01623 489785

READING Book Group ‘A’

(Lynne Jackson)

tel: 01623 750466

CLASSICAL MUSIC 1

(Alan Radford)

tel: 01623 427934

READING Book Group ‘2’ (B)

CLASSICAL MUSIC 2

(Ron Walker)

tel: 01623 456389

(Gill Ball) (Sandra Playford) Mary Naylor

tel: 01623 450003 tel: 01623 754644 tel: 01773 776386

CINEMA

(Sylvia Smith)

tel: 01623 514357

COOKERY – CREATIVE MENUS

(Eileen Allin)

tel: 01623 473662

CREATIVE WRITING

(Chris Ward)

tel: 01623 550105

(Anne Kemp)

tel: 01623 750907

(Peter Baker)

tel: 01623 437834

CRAFT Group

(Currently suspended)

CROQUET

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY/ IMAGING (suspended) (Lionel & Jan Castle) tel: 01623 468102 DISCUSSION GROUP

(Marian Wilson)

tel: 01623 752780

EASY- WHEELERS (Cycling for fun)

(Alan Snape)

tel:01159 273524

FAMILY HISTORY

(Trish Tootell)

tel: 01623 793447

FRENCH CONVERSATION Group

(Ann Cottee)

tel: 01623 750538

GARDENING GROUP

(Jan Strachan)

tel: 01623 644664

HOLIDAYS - VARIOUS

(Caroline Rhodes)

HORTICULTURE Group: ‘1’ (suspended)

(Lynne Jackson)

tel: 07724210563 or 01623 721987 tel: 01623 750466

HORTICULTURE Group ‘2’

(Marjorie Woolham) tel: 01773 811755

INTERNATIONAL DINING

(Georganne Barlow & Julia Porter) Ann Walter (Geoff Cree)

JAZZ & SWING MUSIC : LATE BREAKFAST

(suspended)

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tel: 01623 626647 tel: 01623 620892 tel: 01623 239258 tel: 01623 794485

OUTINGS; NAT TRUST (Kathleen Jones) Numerous – see newsletter, boards and announcements

tel: 01623 550740

PLATINUM Investment Club

tel: 01623 400545

ROCK GROUP

(Jill Pullan)

SCRABBLE

(Margaret Nunn)

tel: 01159 634196

SHAKESPEARE

(Ann Walter)

tel: 01623 239258

SINGING FOR FUN

(Maxine Rose)

tel: 01623 459081

SUGARCRAFT & Cake Decorating

(Sue Hughes)

tel: 01623 556256

T’AI CHI (Traditional) (Jill Pullan) Practising this healthy, beneficial art and exercise THREADS & TEXTILES (Lynne Jackson)

tel: 01623 400545

THEATRE VISITS Group (Barbara Ives) Various shows, plays etc at various venues

tel: 0115 9539893

WALKING Group ‘A’ (David Porter) More demanding walks of between 7 and 9 miles in length

tel: 01623 620892

WALKING Group ‘B’ Less demanding walks, between 4 and 6 miles

tel: 01623 752780

WALKING GROUP ‘C’ (Strollers) Strolling between 1- 21/2 miles

David Wilson) (Alan Radford)

tel: 01623 750466

tel: 01623 427934

WEEKENDERS (Caroline Rhoades) tel: 07724210563 or Catering for people at a loose end at weekends, bank holidays etc 01623 721987 WINE APPRECIATION WOOD CARVING ZUMBA GOLD

(Geoff Cree)

tel: 01623 794485

(David Hammond)

tel: 01623 794392

(Christine Bakowsky)

tel: 01623 723140

New Groups: If there is a group you would be interested in joining, but isn’t offered at the moment, see Mary Naylor, who will advise about starting up such a group.

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Ashfield U3A Interest Group Leaders. NB If you wish to join a group, please telephone the group leader beforehand, to check if there is an available place, current venue etc

You can email a group leader on ‘theirname@ashfieldu3a.org.uk

LINE DANCING LUNCHEON Group MOVEMENT TO MUSIC + YOGA

Ashfield U3A (Cynthia Driscoll)

tel: 01623 794243

(Ron & Carole Britton) tel: 01623 456855 (Pam Sapey)

tel: 01623 558700

ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES Art group BIRD WATCHING

(Kathleen Jones) (Barrie Jackson) (Mary Naylor )

tel: 01623 550740 tel :01623 750466 tel: 01773 776386

BRIDGE Group

(Maxine Rose)

tel: 01623 459081

BOARD GAMES Group

(Marian Wilson)

tel: 01623 752780

(Carole Britton)

tel: 01623 456855

PLAYREADING (AM-DRAM) (Vivian Ellis) Reading plays & performing at U3A events

tel: 01623 620743

BOOK STALL CANASTA

(Geoff Cree)

tel: 01623 794485

RAILWAY Group

(Geoff Cree)

tel: 01623 794485

CARD CRAFT

(Carole Seymour)

tel: 01623 489785

READING Book Group ‘A’

(Lynne Jackson)

tel: 01623 750466

CLASSICAL MUSIC 1

(Alan Radford)

tel: 01623 427934

READING Book Group ‘2’ (B)

CLASSICAL MUSIC 2

(Ron Walker)

tel: 01623 456389

(Gill Ball) (Sandra Playford) Mary Naylor

tel: 01623 450003 tel: 01623 754644 tel: 01773 776386

CINEMA

(Sylvia Smith)

tel: 01623 514357

COOKERY – CREATIVE MENUS

(Eileen Allin)

tel: 01623 473662

CREATIVE WRITING

(Chris Ward)

tel: 01623 550105

(Anne Kemp)

tel: 01623 750907

(Peter Baker)

tel: 01623 437834

CRAFT Group

(Currently suspended)

CROQUET

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY/ IMAGING (suspended) (Lionel & Jan Castle) tel: 01623 468102 DISCUSSION GROUP

(Marian Wilson)

tel: 01623 752780

EASY- WHEELERS (Cycling for fun)

(Alan Snape)

tel:01159 273524

FAMILY HISTORY

(Trish Tootell)

tel: 01623 793447

FRENCH CONVERSATION Group

(Ann Cottee)

tel: 01623 750538

GARDENING GROUP

(Jan Strachan)

tel: 01623 644664

HOLIDAYS - VARIOUS

(Caroline Rhodes)

HORTICULTURE Group: ‘1’ (suspended)

(Lynne Jackson)

tel: 07724210563 or 01623 721987 tel: 01623 750466

HORTICULTURE Group ‘2’

(Marjorie Woolham) tel: 01773 811755

INTERNATIONAL DINING

(Georganne Barlow & Julia Porter) Ann Walter (Geoff Cree)

JAZZ & SWING MUSIC : LATE BREAKFAST

(suspended)

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tel: 01623 626647 tel: 01623 620892 tel: 01623 239258 tel: 01623 794485

OUTINGS; NAT TRUST (Kathleen Jones) Numerous – see newsletter, boards and announcements

tel: 01623 550740

PLATINUM Investment Club

tel: 01623 400545

ROCK GROUP

(Jill Pullan)

SCRABBLE

(Margaret Nunn)

tel: 01159 634196

SHAKESPEARE

(Ann Walter)

tel: 01623 239258

SINGING FOR FUN

(Maxine Rose)

tel: 01623 459081

SUGARCRAFT & Cake Decorating

(Sue Hughes)

tel: 01623 556256

T’AI CHI (Traditional) (Jill Pullan) Practising this healthy, beneficial art and exercise THREADS & TEXTILES (Lynne Jackson)

tel: 01623 400545

THEATRE VISITS Group (Barbara Ives) Various shows, plays etc at various venues

tel: 0115 9539893

WALKING Group ‘A’ (David Porter) More demanding walks of between 7 and 9 miles in length

tel: 01623 620892

WALKING Group ‘B’ Less demanding walks, between 4 and 6 miles

tel: 01623 752780

WALKING GROUP ‘C’ (Strollers) Strolling between 1- 21/2 miles

David Wilson) (Alan Radford)

tel: 01623 750466

tel: 01623 427934

WEEKENDERS (Caroline Rhoades) tel: 07724210563 or Catering for people at a loose end at weekends, bank holidays etc 01623 721987 WINE APPRECIATION WOOD CARVING ZUMBA GOLD

(Geoff Cree)

tel: 01623 794485

(David Hammond)

tel: 01623 794392

(Christine Bakowsky)

tel: 01623 723140

New Groups: If there is a group you would be interested in joining, but isn’t offered at the moment, see Mary Naylor, who will advise about starting up such a group.

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Ashfield U3A Investment Clubs A vacancy for a maximum of two people has arisen at the Platinum Investment Club. If you are interested, please contact Jill Pullan 01623 400545

AM-DRAM (PLAY READING) December The December meeting will be at the Ashwood Centre at 2pm Friday 14.12.12, for a full rehearsal for our Christmas sketch. An early warning.--.January 11th meeting will be at Jill & Malcolm's 10 am. If you do not have their details please see Jill on Dec. 14 th. January Play Reading -- ..the meeting on January 11th will be held at the home of Jill and Malcolm 10 am. Thank you to Jill and Malcolm for hosting the Group in my absence, please save me a piece of cake

Ashfield U3A ****ATTENTION**** GROUP CO-ORDINATORS / LEADERS

There will be a meeting on 18th January 2013, at 2.00pm at the Ashwood Centre Late Breakfast Group In November, we enjoyed a great Full English breakfast at the Horse & Groom, Linby. This is the fourth time we have been there, and it continues to be voted the best of all our breakfast venues. We have already booked it again for next November. During 2013, it is intended to increase the meetings to every month [at least during the winter]. Our next planned meeting is Friday 4th January, hopefully at The Ram, Redhill [although this is still to be confirmed]. Any suggestions from members for other venues would be appreciated. We now have 40 members, and numbers attending any breakfast are limited by the venue's capacity. Preference is therefore given to existing members - if necessary, in the order in which they joined the group. There is a 'reserve' list for anyone wishing to join the group, as from time to time we are able to take extra numbers. Geoff Cree, 01623 794485, geoffcree@btinternet.com

Nottinghamshire U3A lecture “ U3A – a community asset?” Tai Chi Meeting day changed. All the Tai Chi meetings will now be on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 2.00pm. No Meeting in December. Next meeting will be 15th January, 2013 at the Sutton Play Forum, on Morven Ave., Sutton. This is because the venue can no longer accommodate us on Fridays.

WOOD-CARVING David Hammond has agreed to become the Co-ordinator of the Carving Group, as Stuart is finding it difficult to attend at the moment. Phone: 01623 794392 daveh7@btinternet.com BRIDGE FOR 2013 21st January 4th February 4th March; 18th March 8th April; 22nd April 13th May 3rd June 17th June Meetings to be held at the West Notts. College unless otherwise notified Monday evenings at 6.30 to 9.00pm.

Speaker Alex McMinn, Ormskirk & District & national U3A executive member I attended this lecture a few weeks ago and thought you might like a summary of what we heard and perhaps it may give you some ideas for the future. As life expectancy increases our retirement should be enriched by improving well-being in later life. U3A has several aims which help to achieve this: Mental wellbeing, Physical function, Social connectivity and volunteering. Recent research from Bangor University has proven that learning a new instrument, skill or language reduces the onset of dementia by 5 years! Retirement can lead to: Loss of significance – loss of self-worth – loss of self-efficacy, all these can be overcome by Volunteering. The 3rd Aim of U3A is to celebrate the potential of older people, it was suggested we look locally to identify opportunities for our organisation to improve the lives of retired people, to do this we need to identify the skills and experience of members and use them creatively. Loneliness is a worse health hazard than cancer, diabetes and heart problems combined, the worse time for people is Sunday afternoons. It is suggested we contact the local Older people’s champion and organisations, perhaps the local authority, to identify people that would benefit from membership of our organisation. The Ormskirk group got funding to develop tele-links for housebound people and they run poetry groups through Skype, they have a regular column in the 50 plus magazine, they work with government departments, the department of health and local education! I am not suggesting we follow the very grand route that Ormskirk has taken, but we are struggling to find someone to lead the “Weekenders” group, could this be you? Perhaps we need to leave copies of our newsletter in the local chemist shops or Surgeries? Food for thought, let’s all benefit from U3A Volunteering and hopefully use our knowledge and skills to support local people who would also benefit from being a member of Ashfield U3A. Trish Tootell Membership secretary 7

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Your U3A Committee

Crafty Christmas Lunch

Please consider giving any help with e.g. the Book Stall, refreshments; greeters; or making new members feel welcome. Also, please offer to help with the catering at the many events we organise. We always need a few ‘extra hands’ to help at events and meetings. Please consider helping your committee in any of the above capacities.

GROUPS SUSPENDED DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON. Below is a list of groups whose leaders have notified me they will not be meeting in December Tai Chi – Creative Writing – Line Dancing – Canasta Bird Watching -

meet again 15th January, 2.00pm Sutton Play Forum meet again 14th January meet again 13th January meet again 19th January meet again 12th February

Our Latest Interest Groups WHIST There is a Whist group running at Hucknall U3A: see Margaret Crossley if you are interested in joining this group DOMINOES – playing the game of ‘5’s and 3’s’, this is now within the Board Games group

We will be having a ‘Crafty Christmas Lunch’ on our usual meeting day in December, i.e. Thursday, 20th. The event will start at 11.30am, lunch will be from 12.30pm, followed by the entertainment, and the close will be 3.00 pm. We hope to serve vegetable soup and a roll, plus home-made mince-pies. It will be the usual arrangement, and we ask that you bring your own drink and glasses if you want other than water to drink. Please also bring a soup-bowl, spoon and plate to save washing-up. Tickets now on sale at £1.00pp Do you have craft items to sell at the Crafty Christmas Lunch? Please sign up on the list of sellers so that we know how much space is needed -- if you will need a whole table or just part of a table to display your crafts. Our aim is that you will recoup your production costs and we will make a little money for the Air Ambulance. . To help us do this will you label your products with:1: Your name

2: The cost of production

3: The selling price.

If you are happy to give the total cost to the charity - then just put on one price Please collect all unsold goods at the end of the event – we have no room in the cupboard

Volunteering Proposed Interest Groups Bowls – both Indoor and Outdoor – if you are interested, please see Lynne Jackson or Mary Naylor Art – started again See Barrie Jackson If you would like to belong to a group that isn’t offered at the moment, please see Lynne Jackson for advice

Groups Currently Suspended Horticulture group 1 – this will start again in the new year in a different format Jazz & Popular Music Group – suspended due to lack of interest and support from the members – may start again in the spring Craft Group Digital Photography and imaging - suspended due to lack of interest. This group needs a new leader/co-ordinator Please note: the above groups are no longer meeting at the moment. .6

We have heard a lot about the volunteers at the Olympics, but being active members of U3A is also about giving your knowledge and skills to benefit our members. These days our life expectancy is increasing at about 5 hours per day, I can assure you I do not feel as though I have an extra few hours a day, being on the committee and active in several groups certainly occupies my time in a most enjoyable and productive way. However, it also has been proven to improve our mental and physical health, research has now confirmed what we have long suspected, that learning new skills e.g. a language, drama, craft or an instrument actually increases the size of the cognitive brain, it keeps us alert and greatly improves our well-being. In USA & some EEC countries their governments actually fund training for volunteers, we do it for free! So let’s see some more people offering their skills to further "enhance & enrich our retirement" it will keep you and our U3A fit and healthy! Trish Tootell membership secretary WEEKENDERS Please note that as from December 2012 I shall reluctantly be standing down as Weekenders Coordinator due to other commitments. If anyone would like to continue co-ordinating this enjoyable group I will be more than happy to support and pass on information and restaurant contacts . What a shame! - ed.

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Short Walks The members of the group volunteering to research and lead the walks are as follows:Sue Bloomfield February T.B.A.

January (Linby/Newstead):

Helen Rose

Margaret Crossley / Nona Sheriston (2 walks) one in March T.B.A. Paul Healey April - (Eakring)

John Ellis Sue and John Tedstone

Geoff Cree Dawes (Farnsfield)

Shirley and Mike

Group Meeting dates If your group is Card Craft, you will see from the table on page 15 that it meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at 10.00am. If you wish to join any interest group, please telephone the group leader first to ensure there is a vacancy in that group. All relevant details can be obtained from the group leader, including where the walking group intend to meet and which walk they will do, etc

Cinema Club programme

Brenda and Alan Paul

Sandra and Terry Braithwaite

Thank you to all the above for volunteering, the group can now continue Jim Bentley Short Walks Coordinator *****************************************************************************************************************

International Dining For our Alternative Christmas Event we are forgetting the turkey, we are being very British and we are having a fish and chip supper - (although chicken etc., is also available - the menu is quite comprehensive ). Date : Wednesday 28 November 2012 at 6.30 pm. Address: Fillets Fish Restaurant Sandlands Court Fulmar Close, Forest Town NG19 0GG (as you go round the traffic island near the Forest Town Asda, Fulmar Close is on the left). Parking in front of the restaurant. I have arranged for us to use the upstairs dining room. No pre-ordering. We hope you will be able to join us. If attending, could you please let me have names by Saturday 24 November. Thanks.

International Dining for 2013 Wednesday 30th January 2013 6.30pm at the Adams Restaurant, Lace Market, Nottingham (The training restaurant of New College) for their Spanish themed evening Wednesday 27th February 2013 6.30pm at Brasserie 19 (West Notts college Restaurant) for their St David’s night! (Welsh is international!!) We will have to choose and pre-order for both these - I am waiting for the menus and pre-order forms. Deposits will also have to be paid and I think the cost of the set meals will be around £15. As soon as I receive the information I will be in touch.

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November 27th, The Help. Because of another commitment on the advertised December 4th the cinema club is meeting a week earlier i.e November 27th. Please note: this group is full; There is a waiting list if you are interested Sylvia Smith CLASSICAL MUSIC 2 As we move towards the end of our first year, it’s true to say that we have enjoyed a wide range of music, by composers from all over Europe and the USA, from Bach to Bernstein, from baroque to 21st century. In September our subject was Instruments of the Orchestra, when we took the symphony orchestra apart – and put it back together again! October was Members’ Choice with a fascinating selection including film, modern British and classical numbers. In November we heard compositions from Eastern and Northern Europe, and discovered some relatively little-known works by very wellknown composers, as well as some familiar favourites. December’s subject will be Patterns in Music, when we’ll see and hear how composers such as Schubert and Mozart shaped their material. The programme for next year hasn’t yet been formulated – that will be for members of the group to decide, though I have some suggestions! What’s certain is that January will be Members’ Choice with a seasonal flavour. We meet from 2 to 4 pm on the first Monday in the month, or the second if there’s a Bank Holiday. These are our meeting dates for the first half of 2013: Jan 7th, Feb 4th, Mar 4th, Apr 8th (2nd Monday), May 6th, June 3rd. There’s plenty of room for new members in the meeting room at the Ashwood Centre so if you’re interested do get in touch or just come along at 2 pm on January 7th. Ron Walker, 01623 456389, 5

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Walking Group B .., contact David Wilson

Art Group.

Meeting at 9.50 for a 10am start on the 3rd Thursday of the month and always weather permitting If not sure ring Jim on 01623 402 222 Mobile 07976 358 230

Jim will continue to do the administration for this group, and is still leading some walks. We are looking for someone who is willing to lead the walks until Jim has his knee sorted, and will once again be the walk-leader.. Please contact David Wilson if you can fill this role. See page 5 for more information on this group Interest Group Meetings If you wish to join any interest group, please telephone the group leader first to ensure there is a vacancy in that group. All relevant details can be obtained from the group leader, including where the walking group intend to meet and which walk they will do, or which book the reading group is reading, which garden the horticulture group is visiting etc. Group leaders’ names and contact details are on pages 8-9 of the newsletter, and also on the web-site. MEMBERSHIP FEES:- . Full membership is £16.00 for the year Associate membership, for members who pay their Capitation fee to another U3A -£12.50 Postal Membership £11.00. Associate Postal Membership £7.50. The capitation fee was raised from £2.50 to £3.50 two years ago, but we didn’t pass this onto our members, but now feel we must increase the fees by £1.00. This is still cheaper than it was 3 years ago.

There has been renewed interest in having an Art Group., and we have started up again, having had one meeting already. If you are interested in joining us, would you please contact me preferably by email landbjackson@gmail.com or otherwise on 750466 . I am hoping that we can meet for 3 hours and spend 2 or 3 months on a particular topic. Initially we will use water-colour; I have some materials which can be used by those who are new to painting. I intend that we will also do some still life drawing and pastels and hopefully perhaps have a go at oils. I would very much welcome an input from others in the group from time to time. We will pay £10 each up front to cover room rental (Ashwood Centre) for as long as it lasts. Barrie Jackson

Line Dancing Message to members Numbers have gradually fallen since the group began so enthusiastically and only 7 came to the class in September. We need at least 16 in regular attendance to cover costs. For various reasons classes are suspended during November and December, therefore the next session will be on 17 January 2013. If insufficient numbers are present on this date we will have to consider closing the group.

The next session of Line Dancing will be on Thursday 17th January at St Wilfrid's Church Hall, Kirkby-in-Ashfield starting at 10am There's room for you if you haven't tried it yet

Please note that whichever membership you choose, you will have full membership of Ashfield U3A Ravenshead G & S Group This year we are presenting HMS Pinafore with Trial By Jury, we are cruising on HMS Pinafore calling at the Village Hall Ravenshead each evening between Monday 18th and Saturday 23rd February 2013. We are aiming to portray the sophistication and glamour of the 1920's the costumes are stunning. The music is again in the capable hands of Lynda Harvey and the Director for the second time Stephen Godward. A show not to be missed folks. For your notes

C Driscoll (co-ordinator

CLASSICAL MUSIC GROUP 1: PROGRAMME FOR 2012 The group meets on the fourth Wednesday afternoon each month (in December on the third Wednesday) from 2 pm to 4:15 pm. 28th November Your favourite music [NB: change of subject for this meeting] 19th December

Teach-in: Len Hill on Giacomo Puccini [NB: change of subject, venue and date for this meeting]

Len

23rd January 2013

Domenico Scarlatti

Joan

27th February

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Stella

27th March Richard Wagner Will you please inform the host if you cannot attend a meeting :

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SPRINGTIME IN AMSTERDAM 2013

THEATRE VISITS WITH BARBARA IVES

22nd to 17th March

Day flight from Birmingham airport with local pick ups. 5 nights B&B at the very comfortable 3* Best Western Leidse Square hotel in central Amsterdam. All room s with tea & coffee making facilities, TV and hair-drier. Stroll along picturesque canals, take in a late night show or canal cruise, visit Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank’s House, and the Van Gogh museum . Optional trip to the world famous Flower Festival at Keukengoof with opportunity to purchase unusual plants and bulbs, other options include – a windmill tour and some coastal villages. 2 twins and 1 single room available

£470.00 - Twin: £570 - Single Room

SEVILLE SPAIN 9th to 14th May 2013

Thur

10.12.12 24.01.13 14.02.13 29th Nov 2.00pm

Thur

20th Dec

Thurs Thurs

10TH JANUARY – Different religions and their effect on Family history 14th FEBRUARY – Please bring material for Interest group display at the February main meeting 14th MARCH – Newspapers:

10.01.13

Cinderella

£20

31.01.13 14.00

Theatre Royal

One Man Two Guvnors

£20

Sat

23.02.13 14.30

Theatre Royal

Swan Lake, Moscow city ballet £23

Fri

15.03.13 17.00

Theatre Royal

Dirty Dancing

Thurs

04.04.13 14.00

Theatre Royal

Wed

24.04.13 14.00

Theatre Royal

Matthew Bourne’s Ballet Sleeping Beauty £28.00 Midnight Tango: with Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace from Strictly Come Dancing £25

Contact Barbara by e-mail

Top-Hat with Tom Chambers

£39.50

ives.barbara@gmail.com

Live at Lunch FREE concerts all start at 1pm ODD SOCKS Odd Socks theatre company are producing “Robin Hood” at the Thoresby Riding Stables Theatre; Dec. 6th, 7th, 8th (matinee on 8th) If you have never seen the Odd Socks troupe you have missed a treat. They are hilarious! Book 01623 822009, www.thoresbycourtyard.com

11th APRIL – Epidemics & Diseases

We welcome new members; we meet on the second Thursday of each month in the upstairs room at Kirkby library at 1pm – 3pm. We pay as required for the hire of the room, usually about £5 per “term”.

Live at Lunch Festive Choral Music - New Orleans Piano - Viola & Piano Recital - all free 42nd Street

London Theatre visit with Weekenders Theatre Royal, Nottm

5 nights B&B at the highly rated Vime Corrigdor hotel in central Seville. This is a fantastic city vacation and if you have never visited Seville before, you are in for a real treat! Stunning gothic architecture, museums and galleries, tapas and flamenco all to experience. May is the perfect month to see this fabulous city in which to find legacies from the Romans, Moors, Jews and Arabian invaders. An early morning flight from Gatwick. Only 1 single and 1 twin room left. ASHFIELD U3A FAMILY HISTORY - SPRING PROGRAMME 2013

Theatre Royal 13.00 lunch time concerts, free to attend. Theatre Royal

BRIDGE DATES UNTIL CHRISTMAS 26th November: 10th December, at West Notts College, Derby Rd., Mansfield

STROLLERS Please contact Trish Tootell 01623 793447

Please send any articles for the Newsletter to the editor., I welcome any contributions. Email to jill.pullan@ntlworld.com or phone:- 01623 400545

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Harlow Wood

Coffee Shop car park, Portland College, A60

The Strollers programme for next year is still being prepared, but I have already announced that the group will be having a Winter Break in January 2013 when there will not be a walk. (Normal service will be resumed in February). Alan Radford 3


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Any changes/additions to your group’s programme should be given to both Ron Britton for the web-site and also to Jill Pullan for the newsletter, no later that the Sunday before the main meeting. Please inform the editor, Jill Pullan 01623 400545 of any changes to your normal programme in the near future. This will be of great help to members of your various groups – this includes changes of content and venues Interest Group Meetings:- If you wish to join any interest group, please telephone the group leader first to ensure there is a vacancy in that group. All relevant details can be obtained from the group leader, including where the walking group intend to meet and which walk they will do, or which book the reading group is reading, which garden the horticulture group is visiting etc. Group leaders’ names and contact details are on pages 8-9 of the newsletter, and also on the web-site.

BIRDWATCHING, Bird Watching will be taking a break for December and January due to the festive season , We will be back in February with a visit to Teversal Visitor centre meeting at 10.00 on the 12th , names to Mary please Mary 01773 776386 We went to Attenborough Nature Reserve , I was promptly targeted by a big bird, I believe it was a seagull, - it was in my hair, jumper, coat and bag much to the hilarity of my fellow 'twitchers' . We saw many birds, about 100 I would think, roughly 50 ducks, 30 Canada geese , 2 Coal tits 1 blue tit and countless seagulls The hides were quite warm ( oh and we did see 3 big birds coming in from Spain , namely 747s migrating to East midlands Airport, a lot of laughter followed by a delicious lunch. Everyone enjoyed themselves, one person said she found it 'entertaining', - Oh and thanks to David for naming the birds I didn't know ! If you just want a good couple of hours out with a novice 'twitcher', together with a good lunch, either ring me or see me at the meeting . Mary: 01773 776386 ROCK GROUP !st December = Foreigner , songs such as : “I want to know what love is” £ 8.00 21st December = Thin Lizzy , -- BRILLIANT £12.00 24th December = The Stones , -=- again BRILLIANT £ 7.50 19th January is a treat for all QUEEN fans Mercury £12.00 ( I saw this group at the Festival Hall and they were superb) see Mary for details 01773 776386 No Refunds Policy Your committee have reluctantly decided that when tickets are ordered they must be paid for, unless advised differently, and if you find you cannot attend the event you have bought the ticket for, it is up to you to sell that ticket on, and no refund will be given by U3A, unless there is a waiting list in operation. This is because some events have run at a loss due to people suddenly cancelling and expecting their money to be refunded. After all, if you book seats at the theatre, or a bus trip and found you couldn’t attend, you would lose your money, and, regrettably, we must have a similar policy.

Day M O N D A Y T U E S D A Y W E D N E S D A Y

T H U R S D A Y

Zumba gold

10.00

Class. Music 2 14.00 Bridge

2nd in the month

Horticulture .2

10.00

Horticulture 1

Zumba Gold

10.00

Zumba Gold

10.00

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Current affairs

13.30

Book Gr. B

13.30

Zumba Gold

French

13.30

Bridge

18.30

Late Breakfast

Walking gr. A

09.00

Mansfield U3A

10.00

Walking Gr. A 09.00

18.30

Digital photo + Digital image (suspended)

4th in the month

10.00

10.00

French

13.30

Gardening Group 14.00 Sing for fun

Cinema gr’p

14.15

Tai Chi

14.00

International Dining –

13.30

venues and times vary Sugarcraft

10.00

Cook group

12.00

Book Gr. A

10.00

Threads & Textiles 10.00

Strollers gr. C

10.15

Easy Wheelers – venues

Easy Wheelers Easy Wheelers

Hucknall U3A

and times vary 14.00

Croquet

Wine Appreciate 19.30 Shakespeare 13.30

Creative Writing

Move to music 10.00

Family History

13.00

Walking gr. B

09.45

Lunch Club

Scrabble

14.00

Line Dancing

10.00

Woodcarving

18.00 Woodcarving

18.00

12.00

Woodcarving 18.00 Play reading

10.00

S A T

Weekenders* *See page 2 Rock Concerts Board Games 19.00

Weekenders* *See page 2 Rock Concerts

* Weekenders Lunch *See newsletter

*Weekenders Lunch *See newsletter

Class music 1 14.00

Easy Wheelers

Jazz (suspended)

Late brkfast – 9.30

S U

3rd in the month

Card Craft

F R I D A Y

N

2

1st in the month Plat. Invest Gr 10.30

10.30

Ash Meeting 10.00

Woodcarving 18.00

Committee Meet 10.00

**Craft Currently suspended ** (always the Friday after the main meeting**)

Weekenders* *See page 2 Rock Concerts Canasta

Weekenders* *See page 2 Rock Concerts

(alternate months)

19.00

*Weekenders Lunch *See newsletter

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*Weekenders Lunch *See newsletter


Ashfield U3A

Ashfield U3A

Lunch Club 1st Nov’s venue was The Fox & Hounds, Blidworth Bottoms Dec 6th Christmas Lunch. The Greyhound at Higham. ---You should have already booked and paid a deposit for this event. Meet 12.00 noon for 12.30.

Singing for fun summer and autumn - meeting at Maxine’s home at 2.00pm next rehearsal is December 11th. - There will be another rehearsal, Tues 18th December1.30pm

AUCTION SALES – Antiques & Collectables group We visited Bamford's sale at Matlock and can report back to you. We enjoyed our visit but wished we had gone earlier to be nearer the front and maybe even acquire a seat. Also, it is an advantage to view the items - close up - in case you feel like bidding. To do this, you have to go on 'viewing ' day prior to the sale or arrive early at a specified 'viewing' time on the day. However, we have now heard that Bamfords are not using this sales room again and are currently looking for new premises! So the alternative is Derby and the next one is listed for the 5th December. The address is:- The Derby Auction House, Chequers Road, Off Pentagon Island, Derby DE21 6EN. Viewing time on the day is from 9am and the Auction Commences at 10.30am. A NIGHT TO LOOK FORWARD TO. --We will be having a “U3A Antiques Road Show” next year – watch this space.

Crafty-Christmas CelebrationSoup and roll, home-made Mince pies Water will be provided, bring you own drinks and glasses if you wish. Please supply your own soup-bowl, spoon and plate to save us having to wash-up! Entertainment by the Am-Dram and singing for fun groups. There will be a sale of crafts created by our members, proceeds to Air Ambulance Tickets will be now on sale– for a token £1.00 per person NEW YEAR’S EVE - at Rainworth Village Hall with the Storm-Beats as it was last time. This event now booked please mark it in your diaries 31.12.12 Tickets now on sale at £11.00 pp. -- Bargain of the year for a New-Years-Eve celebration with a live band, bar and all the fun you could have. TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR THIS WONDERFUL EVENT. *** Do you know of anyone in Ashfield U3A who is very poorly or has just lost a loved one? We would like to send out a card on behalf of the Ashfield U3A. Please contact Maxine Rose on 01623 459081. or send an email to maxineadams55@hotmail.com

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Website: www.ashfieldu3a.org.uk 22nd November, 2012 Your speaker today is Roger Purseglove & his subject is “A Step in the Dark” LAST CHANCE TO BUY YOUR TICKET FOR THE CHRISTMAS CRAFTY LUNCH. Tickets now on sale for a token £1.00pp. Please note: Members only and admission is by ticket only, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PAY ON THE DOOR. Soup and a roll, plus home-made mince pies. Bring your own wine/beer etc., if you want anything other than water to drink, also bring your own glass, soup bowl, plate and spoon, as we will not be providing them, and to save the committee much work. There will be a sale of work, proceeds to Air Ambulance. Entertainment by our Am-Dram group and also by the Singing for Fun group, who will also lead the Carol singing

New Years Eve tickets now on sale and next month, £11.00pp. Rainworth Village Hall You can bring along your family and friends to this open event. Those who came last year will know what a fantastic evening it is. The Stormbeats will entertain for dancing and sing-a-long or just sitting and enjoying the excellent music. See Jill for tickets – put your name on the table plan, and bring along food to share with your friends at the table. If you have put your name down, and not yet paid, please see Jill and pay today. Please don’t bring any alcohol as the venue does not allow it and a Bar is available for drinks, tea/coffee etc. 8.00pm – approx. 12.30 1

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